Update at 10:30 p.m. — Alexandria public schools will be opening on a two hour delay Wednesday amid concerns about slick spots forming overnight as temperatures dip below freezing.
WEATHER ALERT: For 1/8/2020, ACPS schools and offices will be opening 2 hours late. More info: https://t.co/SmBx3a2R2z
— Alexandria City Public Schools (@ACPSk12) January 8, 2020
Snow has ended, but hazards have not. Patchy fog and icy spots will remain a risk through early Wednesday morning, mainly in locations where snow fell, so overnight motorists should continue to use caution.
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) January 8, 2020
Earlier: The flakes are still falling, but the first significant snowfall of the season is starting to wrap up in Alexandria.
The city did not see major accumulation, but with just under an inch of wet snow it was enough to whiten the ground, coat tree branches and add a layer of slush to some local roads.
Alexandria City Public Schools and the federal government dismissed early this afternoon in anticipation of the snow and it was probably a good decision, with heavy traffic reported on I-395 and other major commuting routes.
The snow also prompted libraries and some city facilities to close at 2 p.m., while recycling and Christmas tree collection were suspended for the day — set to resume tomorrow, with some delays possible.
Both curbside recycling and Christmas tree pickup were suspended this afternoon due to the inclement weather. Residents who did not receive service today will be collected tomorrow. Wednesday and Thursday customers may also experience delays as a result.
— AlexandriaVAGov (@AlexandriaVAGov) January 7, 2020
Alexandria’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services described the snow as minor, but encouraged locals to keep their cars parked while snow crews worked to clear the streets.
While minor, we do expect to do some road treatment w/ this storm. As a refresher, per the graphic, we start w/ Primary routes, then we move on to secondary. Please keep our trucks moving during rush hrs by staying off the roads. Everything snow is here: https://t.co/CbWexvWVJe pic.twitter.com/k9OQIIWmO7
— Alexandria T&ES (@AlexandriaVATES) January 7, 2020
More snowy scenes from around Alexandria, via Twitter, are below.
— William Neilson Jr (@WilliamNeilsonJ) January 7, 2020
— Rachel P (@aushutterbug) January 7, 2020
— Savannah Ramsey (@SavRamBam) January 7, 2020
— Kat Bell (@katkimbell) January 7, 2020
Heavy snow in Alexandria, VA. Slowing down afternoon commute. pic.twitter.com/3N80We8PxY
— Thopp (@Thopp10) January 7, 2020
— Jason Rogers (@HeyJayJRogers) January 7, 2020
Snow accumulating off 395 in Alexandria, VA pic.twitter.com/cJKyDOgIEd
— David Bennett (@chessprof) January 7, 2020